'I will always be a nurse'

Journal Register file photo Judy Moyer knew she wanted to be a nurse as a teenager and after 28 years, she still loves her profession.

While fans were scurrying for cover, the Knights remained on the field. As they do after every game, the team lined up on the right field foul line and ran their sprints.

In addition to the routine being a cool-down exercise, it allows the team to finish the game together as a unit.

If the exercise in the rain was surprising, so too has been the team's success.

With the win, they upped their Southern Chester County League record to 8-0 and lead the National Division by six games over Oxford, which sits at 2-4.

Even with their success, the Knights (12-2 overall) continue to embrace not being one of the area's most-talked-about teams.

"We don't mind being under the radar. I don't want to say we don't like the accolades, but we like being the quiet underdog," said Hontz. "Sometimes the teams take us lightly the first couple times around and we like to take advantage of it."

The Knights struck early and often against the Patriots (6-3 SCCL, 9-4), capitalizing in two-out situations. In the first inning after the first two hitters were retired, Hontz walked and John Cooper followed with a two-run home run to deep center field to open the scoring.

In the second, the Knights once again struck with only one out to spare. David Ashworth started the rally with a single up the middle and was plated on a double by Dan Visser that that went up a slight hill in right center field. Kyle Carver followed with an RBI double of his own to push the advantage to 4-0.

"They have an uncanny way of hitting with two outs," said Delco Christian coach Adam Winters. "It comes back to confidence and playing in tough situations. They feel comfortable in pressure situations and have been doing it all year.

The game was broken open in the third, as the Knights put seven runs on the board. Highlighting the inning that saw 12 batters come to the plate were a two-run single by Visser and a RBI double by Cooper.

It was a frustrating day for Great Valley at the plate, with only three hits and two balls that left the infield. Geoff Campbell collected two of the hits for the Patriots, who are in second place in the American Division.

They will not have time to dwell on the defeat as they play Devon Prep today and must rebound to stay in the running for the District 1 playoffs.

"It's the first time we have been beat up pretty bad, so we will see how they handle it," said Great Valley coach Matt Schultz.

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